Matthew J. (Matt) Lewis

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Matt Lewis, a partner in Farella Braun + Martel’s Business Transactions Group, is a self-confessed “deal junkie.”  For 30 years, he has delivered practical, focused solutions to business legal issues to owners, managers, investors, borrowers and lenders in many fields, with a focus on the real estate, wine and energy industries.  


Mr. Lewis represents clients in a broad array of financing and corporate transactions, including all aspects of formation, development, financing and dissolution.  He has extensive experience in loans, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, joint ventures, private placements, sales, intellectual property licensing and foreign investments.


Recent transactions include:

  • Leading the refinancing of several large, privately held winery and vineyard companies.
  • Negotiating and documenting the refinance in bankruptcy and replacement following bankruptcy of the corporate debt of a regional theme restaurant company.
  • Representing a creditor in the restructuring and settlement of debt of a real estate company involving dozens of creditors: our client received 100 cents on the dollar, plus costs.
  • Representing a solar power equipment supplier and developer in negotiating and documenting its project investments and strategic partnerships.
  • Representing a developer of a major Western United States wind power development in connection with its financing and strategic contracts.
  • Structuring the settlement of the breakup of a complex family farming and vineyard business.

Mr. Lewis represents borrowers and lenders in commercial and real estate single loan, portfolio and other structured financing transactions and the sale and acquisition of financial assets, with an emphasis on secured transactions.  He provides advice on creditor and debtor rights issues, including workouts, reorganizations and restructurings, collections, repossessions and rights in bankruptcy. 


A trusted advisor to the wine industry, Mr. Lewis advises wineries, vineyards, farms, ranches, processors and other agribusinesses in all aspects of acquisitions, development, operations financing and sales.



  • Former Chair, Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California